however, being a “real” writer is often perceived as one that does so as a profession.
Dear Blake,
Servaas Schrama

Unfortunately, yes, however it doesn’t have to be.

In the end, we control our relationship to our writing, and choosing to call ourselves writers is much more empowering than being ‘aspiring’ writers or ‘would-be’ writers. Many of the famous writers we know spent most of their life writing on the side, and many did not become “famous” until long after their deaths. It’s by embracing the process where the real fulfillment of writing comes.

So then, revelling in our writing is the key to finding fulfillment in our work. Anything else does us and our readers a disservice.